The Minister of trade of Ontario Jim Wilson will travel to Washington this week to defend the interests of the provincial automotive sector at the hearings of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Wilson said that will be Thursday, July 19, at a public hearing concerning the national security of the United States and import cars and auto parts.
He also noted that Ontario does not pose a threat to the national security of the United States. Additionally, Wilson plans to emphasize in his speech the economic benefits that can offer the automotive industry of the province.
His trip to the United States stems from the fact that the new Prime Minister of Ontario Doug Ford promised to work closely with the government of Canada on trade issues.
Ford promised that the importance of achieving a new deal for the North American free trade agreement (NAFTA) will be the subject of his Ministers, and added that Ontario will not sit on the sidelines.
Recently, the President of the United States Donald trump has imposed import duties on steel and aluminium from Canada and Europe and threatened that similar rates will apply to canadian cars and parts.
In a statement, the Minister of trade of Ontario has called for balanced and fair trade between the two countries, adding that Canada and the United States combined supply chain, which benefits everyone.
“It is clear that Ontario is not a threat to the national security of the United States, he said. − In fact, the United States and Ontario share the same goal – together we can grow in our priority areas to create jobs on both sides of the border and a strong competitive business environments that encourage innovation and economic growth.”